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Director, Associate Professor Elisa Narin van Court
The Jewish Studies Program is an academic program affiliated with the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. The program seeks to acquaint students with the breadth of Jewish culture, to introduce them to life and culture in the modern state of Israel, and, because Hebrew has been the primary vehicle of Jewish expression in Israel and in the Diaspora, to help them attain a working knowledge of the Hebrew language. Through the minor in Jewish studies, the program offers students an opportunity to take courses in the following areas of Jewish studies: history, literature and thought, Israeli society and politics, and Hebrew. The interdisciplinary nature of Jewish studies allows students to take courses in different departments, including history, religious studies, English, and government. Though a major in Jewish studies is not offered, interested students are encouraged to consult the director about an independent major.
Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies
A minimum of six courses, including two core courses (Religious Studies 181 and 182) and four other courses in Jewish studies selected from the following list. Students are strongly encouraged to study Hebrew and should consult the program director and Rabbi Krinsky for more information concerning classes. Students may count up to two courses in Hebrew toward the four elective courses required for the minor.
Successful completion of the minor requires a 2.00 average for all requirements above. None of the required courses may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
Courses listed below are described in the appropriate department sections of this catalogue.
Courses approved for the Minor in Jewish Studies